James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

James Whitcomb Riley Poems

321. Bedouin 4/9/2010
322. As Created 4/9/2010
323. Longfellow 4/9/2010
324. Let Us Forget 4/9/2010
325. He And I 4/9/2010
326. Lullaby 4/9/2010
327. Out Of Nazareth 4/9/2010
328. My Bride That Is To Be 4/9/2010
329. A Parent Reprimanded 4/9/2010
330. A Sudden Shower 4/9/2010
331. A Noted Traveler 4/9/2010
332. Our Kind Of A Man 4/9/2010
333. Fame 4/9/2010
334. A Rough Sketch 4/9/2010
335. Nothin' To Say 4/9/2010
336. Nessmuk 4/9/2010
337. Who Santy-Claus Wuz 4/9/2010
338. Company Manners 4/9/2010
339. When She Comes Home 4/9/2010
340. How Did You Rest, Last Night? 4/9/2010
341. Father William 4/9/2010
342. Down Around The River 4/9/2010
343. The Bumblebee 12/31/2002
344. Art And Love 4/9/2010
345. A Water-Color 4/9/2010
346. A' Old Played-Out Song 4/9/2010
347. On The Sunny Side 4/9/2010
348. No Boy Knows 4/9/2010
349. Das Krist Kindel 4/9/2010
350. An Out-Worn Sappho 4/9/2010
351. Down On Wriggle Crick 4/9/2010
352. Dusk 4/9/2010
353. Dearth 4/9/2010
354. Dreamer, Say 4/9/2010
355. When Evening Shadows Fall 4/9/2010
356. When De Folks Is Gone 4/9/2010
357. Old Winters On The Farm 4/9/2010
358. A New Year's Plaint 4/9/2010
359. Cousin Rufus' Story 4/9/2010
360. On The Banks O' Deer Crick 4/9/2010

Comments about James Whitcomb Riley

  • Catharine Dee (3/10/2012 2:21:00 PM)

    Date of birth listed above is wrong. It's October 7th not the 9th.

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  • Stella Mary (1/3/2012 5:00:00 AM)

    I read your poems and it was good.

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  • Tony Judson (9/15/2006 8:21:00 AM)

    James I read your 'poem of the day' and I think it is brilliant! your sense of rythmn & rhyme is beautiful and your poetic license with spelling and alliteration is superb.
    It makes wish I could have been the fly on the wall in a meeting between you and the late Ogden Nash- Keep it up Cheers Tony Judson

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  • Carolyn Binkley (10/6/2005 6:47:00 PM)

    James Whitcomb Riley is by far one of my favorite poets of all time. I love his imagery, his imagination, his rhyme and rhythm. And most of all I love his sense of 'simple' and his connection to the nature in all of us. He cleverly plays with that which is real, unlike Lewis Carroll who cleverly plays with that which is not.

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Best Poem of James Whitcomb Riley

Little Orphant Annie

To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.

Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' ...

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Our Hired Girl

1 Our hired girl, she's 'Lizabuth Ann;
2 An' she can cook best things to eat!
3 She ist puts dough in our pie-pan,
4 An' pours in somepin' 'at's good an' sweet;
5 An' nen she salts it all on top
6 With cinnamon; an' nen she'll stop
7 An' stoop an' slide it, ist as slow,
8 In th' old cook-stove, so's 'twon't slop
9 An' git all spilled; nen bakes it, so

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